1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy

Edited By Dan Kaufman Copyright 2018
    608 Pages
    by Routledge

    608 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is an outstanding survey of one of the most important eras in the history of Western philosophy - one which witnessed philosophical, scientific, religious and social change on a massive scale.

    A team of twenty international contributors provide students and scholars of philosophy and related disciplines with a detailed and accessible guide to seventeenth century philosophy. The Companion is divided into seven parts:

    • Historical Context

    • Metaphysics

    • Epistemology

    • Mind and Language

    • Moral and Political Philosophy

    • Natural Philosophy and the Material World

    • Philosophical Theology.

    Major topics and themes are explored and discussed, including the scholastic context that shaped philosophy of the period, free will, skepticism, logic, mind-body problems, consciousness, arguments for the existence of God, and the problem of evil. As such The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is essential reading for all students of the period, both in philosophy and related disciplines such as literature, history, politics, and religious studies.

    Foreword Steven Nadler

    Part 1: Historical Context

    1. The Scholastic Background David Clemenson

    Part 2: Metaphysics

    2. Substance Tad M. Schmaltz

    3. Qualities Samuel C. Rickless

    4. Causation Sukjae Lee

    5. Freewill and Determinism C.P. Ragland

    Part 3: Epistemology

    6. Skepticism Gianni Paganini

    7. The Theory of Ideas Lex Newman

    8. Logic and Knowledge Alan Nelson

    Part 4: Mind and Language

    9. Mind-Body Problems David Cunning

    10. Sense Perception Antonia LoLordo

    11. Consciousness Steven Nadler

    12. The Passions Deborah Brown

    13. Philosophy of Language Walter Ott

    Part 5: Natural Philosophy and the Material World

    14. Natural Philosophy Andrew Janiak

    15. The Theory of Matter Andrew Pyle

    Part 6: Moral Philosophy and Political Philosophy

    16. Moral Philosophy Michael LeBuffe

    17. Political Philosophy Susanne Sreedhar

    Part 7: Philosophical Theology

    18. Arguments for the Existence of God Marcy P. Lascano

    19.The Problem of Evil Samuel Newlands

    20. The Rise of Religious Skepticism Michael W. Hickson and Thomas M. Lennon.

    Index of Names

    Index of Subjects


    Dan Kaufman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published extensively on issues in seventeenth century philosophy, especially on modality, substance, individuation, and identity.

    "... The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy is an excellent work that will prove a valuable resource for students and scholars alike." - Nicholas Jolley, Locke Studies 

    "Extensive in the diversity of its content, and with chapters from leading specialists, this volume will provide an excellent introductory resource for any student of early modern philosophy. … This volume will provide a very useful tool for both scholars and students of early modern philosophy. It is well presented, with sections that cover not only the basics regarding the central philosophical themes of the seventeenth century, but also some of the more important debates in the secondary literature. Likewise, the reader will find both its ‘Index of Names’ and ‘Index of Subjects’ an extremely helpful research tool." - Christopher Thomas, British Journal for the History of Philosophy

    "It’s no small task for a book to capture all the most recent shifts in thinking about seventeenth-century philosophy. This work admirably rises to the challenge. With wide-ranging contributions from multiple experts in the field, the volume is inclusive, up-to-date, and deeply historically informed. It’s a marvellous achievement." - Jacqueline Broad, Monash University, Australia

    "This is an outstanding guide to seventeenth-century philosophy. With accessible, intelligent and reliable treatments of an admirably comprehensive range of topics, the Companion orients the reader in the press of seventeenth-century philosophical debate very effectively. This superb volume is a gift to students and scholars alike." - Thomas Holden, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

    "The Routledge Companion to Seventeenth Century Philosophy exemplifies the breadth and sophistication of current historiographical scholarship on th